Photo “Ark” of Earth’s Biodiversity

January 16th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildscreen Arkive

(www.arkive.org/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Gather the family around the computer for this free photographic “Ark-ive” of wildlife imagery that promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity and conservation of the world’s threatened species.

Sponsored by Wildscreen, a non-profit organization, this site is more than just a beautiful photo gallery of the earth’s many plants and animals; it is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s endangered species!

Get up close and personal with nature as you flip through the amazing high resolution images of species including: 

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • and more

Click on a category, and a new page opens to a menu of flora or fauna represented. For example, click on “Reptiles” and a new page opens where you can learn more about Galapagos marine iguana, and many more!

View incredible photographs, videos, and read interesting fact sheets to learn information such as: 

  • Biology
  • Range
  • Habitat
  • Threats
  • Conservation

There are also external links within each page to lead you to the organizations or societies helping a given species.

Challenging Math Problems & Puzzles

January 15th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 15, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maths Challenge

(mathschallenge.net/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free archive containing hundreds of math problems and puzzles for a variety of skill levels.

When you get to the site you’ll see a horizontal menu near the top of the page. Click on “Problems” to access the archives. You can search by keyword for specific math strands such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, etc.
 
You can also search by level of difficulty. The problems are ranked with stars and explained as follows: 

  • One Star – These problems require nothing more than a logical mind and a willingness to try things out on paper.
  • Two Stars – Problems begin to require insights and mathematical tools. For example, geometrical problems may require the use of simple trigonometry, number problems may require knowledge of factoring, etc.
  • Three Stars – A good knowledge of school mathematics and/or some aspects of proof will be required.
  • Four Stars – A comprehensive knowledge of school mathematics and advanced mathematical tools will be required.

Each word problem or puzzle comes with an illustrated solution, and often has suggestions for further exploration and learning.

Online Art & Music Story Books for Kids

January 13th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MightyBook

(www.mightybook.com/art_and_music.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to access a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s online books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.

When you get to the site you will see links to these online engaging art and music books: 

  • Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.
  • Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.
  • Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.
  • Mona and Beethoven – This silly little interlude features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.
  • And much more.

When viewing these free sample books, you will also see some random advertisements. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use. (This company does offer the books without advertising for a paid membership.)

When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free online activity books also available on this site.

Visit an 18th Century Fort Online

January 12th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, January 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum

(www.fortat4.org/insidefort.php)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

With this website, take a virtual tour of the reconstructed 18th century Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

Use the map at today’s link to begin your tour and to view images and information about the dwellings and the people in the fort. Navigate through the slide show using the arrow keys and choose to learn about: 

  • Lt. & Mrs. Parker House
  • Killam-Hastings Lean-to
  • David Farnworth House
  • Park/Putnam Lean-to
  • Capt. & Mrs. Stevens House
  • The Great Chamber
  • Watch Tower
  • Dr. & Mrs. Hastings’ House
  • Parker/Sartwell Lean-to
  • Lt. & Mrs. Willard House
  • Capt. & Mrs. Spafford Lean-to
  • Ensign & Mrs. Sartwell House
  • Stephen Farnsworth Lean-to
  • James “John” Johnson Lean-to

When you are finished with your tour, use the top menu to read the “Fort History”, examine the “Timeline” or locate the “Educators” link for printable activities, lesson plans and more.

Explore the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 11th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, January 11, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The King Center

(www.thekingcenter.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the pages of this website.

Use the upper menu to navigate through pages to discover: 

  • An overview of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A brief biography of Coretta Scott King
  • The Archive
  • Share your dreams and read the dreams of others.

We found the Archive provides the meat of the website with a searchable thematic database of documents, photos, and more. Browsing themes include: 

  • Dr. King the Scholar
  • Economics
  • Global Vision
  • Letters from Children
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • Notable Sermons
  • Political
  • Public Opinion
  • Recurring Messages
  • Telegrams
  • Vietnam
  • And much more.

Once a topic has been selected, a collage of related items populates on the page. Select an item in the collage to open it and examine it closer. On the left sidebar there is more information about the item. Use the zoom tool on the right to take a closer look, and, if there are more views for an item, use the navigation above the item to move back and forth through the images.


Please note that per the information on the website: “The images in the digital archives are true representations of the items housed in The King Center Archive collection. Nothing has been censored or redacted from the original documents. Search terms and results are a reflection of the content of the images. Images appear that may be disturbing or offensive to a user. User discretion is advised.”

Tunes That Teach Language Arts & More!

January 10th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Music Room

(www.suzyred.com/music.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Rote memorization of grammar and spelling rules can be boring and ineffective. When you set rules to music – they are easier to remember.

That’s the premise of this site that provides songs that teach language arts rules such as: 

  • Contractions
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Vowel Rules
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, & Verbs
  • Spelling Rules
  • Vocabulary
  • and much more

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Language Arts songs – just click on the topic of interest to you and a new page opens displaying the lyrics to the song that is set to familiar music. In most cases, you will hear an audio clip of the music as well. Not only that, some of the titles link to other sites with fun music videos.

When you’re through learning about Language Arts, check out the rest of the menu to find songs that help kids learn Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are even “Just for Fun Songs” that include links to other sites with popular children’s music.

In some instances on the site, you will find information about how to purchase some of the music on CD. There is no obligation to purchase to hear most of the musical lessons provided on the site.

More Snowflake Science

January 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Snow Crystals

(www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

We’ve featured this website by the geniuses at Cal Tech in the past. At this time of year, it’s well worth another look because it provides some great science explorations with snowflakes – and even explains how to make your own!

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction, a pitch for their book, The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and then some terrific information on snowflakes that includes: 

  • Natural Snowflakes – Includes a photo collection with normal and unusual forms.
  • Designer Snowflakes – Watch videos of snowflakes growing in the laboratory.
  • Snowflake Science – Explore the “Snowflake Primer” to learn what snow crystals are, how they form, and why they grow in such diverse shapes.
  • Snow & Ice Activities – Get some unique projects you can do with ice and snow including making your own ice spikes (sort of like ice stalagmites) using distilled water and an ice cube tray in your freezer.

This is a fun and engaging website that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Geometry “Eyeballing” Game

January 8th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, January 8, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Geometry “Eyeballing” Game

(woodgears.ca/eyeball/index.html)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Are you one of those people who needs to straighten slightly crooked pictures on the wall, when others aren’t even aware that something is just a little off square, off center, or not quite straight?


Then you’ll love this website that provides a free game that allows you to test your ability to determine if things are straight or crooked, while improving your spatial relativity and visual geometry skills.

When you get to the site you will see the game screen displayed. Click on “Help/About” below the screen, to get information on how the game works. You’ll have one chance in each of the following 7 categories to get the shapes as close as you can to their true form: 

  • Parallelogram
  • Midpoint of a Line Segment
  • Bisect an Angle
  • Center of a Triangle
  • Center of a Circle
  • Right Angle
  • Convergence Point of 3 Line Segments

Your speed and accuracy count. At the end of 21 questions you can see where you place among other site visitors who have played the “Eyeballing Game.” The game records your times and margin of error for each of your three tries.

This site is sponsored by an engineer who enjoys woodworking. You can see the rest of his site by clicking on the “Woodgears.ca” icon at the bottom of the game page. We have NOT reviewed that site, so parents, as always, should preview and supervise use.

Learn French with free videos!

January 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, January 6, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

French in Action

(www.learner.org/resources/series83.html)

Age Range: 14-Adult (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This portion of the larger Annenberg Learner website provides 52 half-hour video lessons that use the immersion method of teaching to increase French fluency and introduce French culture.

The videos present a humorous continuing story of an American student and a Frenchwoman’s adventures in France. Additional native speakers of all ages and backgrounds not only add to the storyline but enhance the learning process.

Each lesson begins with an episode of the continuing story. The next portion of the lesson clarifies and illustrates the dialog of the story with focus on a specific term. Each lesson also provides opportunities to “participate” in the video by repeating lines. A sampling of lesson topics include: 

  • Planning and Anticipating – greetings, health, surprise, decisiveness, subject pronouns, articles
  • Names and Origins – numbers, commands, necessity
  • Physical Characteristics – appearance, sports, questions, describing yourself
  • Kinship – family relationships and more
  • Describing Others – also games, agreement, time, weather
  • Encounters – conversations, seasons, reflexive verbs, adjectives
  • Occupations – work, buying and spending, days and months of the year
  • Education – talking about occupations, manners
  • Getting Around – telephone, courtesy
  • Food and Drink – food, drink, ordering from a restaurant
  • Transportation and Travel – modes of transportation, expressing fear, admiration
  • Habitat – asking for directions, talking about homes
  • Entertainment – talking about entertainment, expressing restriction, reservation, doubt, enthusiasm
  • Getting and Spending – money, buying and selling
  • Geography and Tourism – countries and regions, exaggeration, confirmation, insistence
  • Getting Away – destination, levels of speech, negative infinitive, imperatives, pronouns

Add this website to your French foreign language studies to increase your students’ proficiency in the language.

Discover the Mary Rose

January 5th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

It’s Friday, January 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Explore the Mary Rose

(www.maryrose.org/discover-our-collection/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website, explore the virtual exhibit of the Mary Rose, a 16th century warship that was King Henry VIII’s favorite.

After a long and successful military career, it sank during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545. Nautical archaeologists raised it in the 1980’s. Now part of an exhibit at a museum in Portsmouth, England, the Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display in the world.

At today’s interactive website, you can take a virtual tour of the Mary Rose and, while you’re at it, learn about the Tudor period of world history as well.

When you get to the site either scroll through the page to begin exploring or use the right-hand “Quick links” menu to select:

  • The Crew of the Mary Rose
  • The Mary Rose at Sea – 1511-1545
  • Why did the Mary Rose Sink?
  • The Story of the Ship
  • Artefacts 

     

  • Her Crew

Browse through the image galleries to see images of the Mary Rose and artifacts recovered from the wreck site. On “The Story of the Ship” look on the right side under “Useful resources” to locate “Dive in” to access an interactive presentation. Use the menu to explore a 3D model of the ship, meet the crew, learn the history and archaeology of the Mary Rose, and see artifacts. Also available on “The Story of the Ship” page, be sure to check out the Mary Rose STEM Lab that presents “Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in a unique context.”

As explained at the website, “Explore the Mary Rose is designed to encourage pupils to do two things: to do their own research, and to work from evidence. They can find out for themselves about one member of the crew and his life on board, and discover the main facts about the history and archaeology of the ship. Using the knowledge gained in this way, they can then look more closely at photographs of the artefacts and, working from them, start to draw their own conclusions from the evidence available.”

The site was designed to be used independently by the learner so they can explore the Mary Rose at will. It engages the student and provides basic information. There is a lot of material available throughout the site so if students want to learn more, they can browse through the other sections of the site to find virtual 3D reconstructions of skulls and artifacts, more resources for researching the Mary Rose, and much more.

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